CINCINNATI – One of the biggest challenges faced by distance learning schools is delivering meals to those who need them most.
What you need to know
- Cincinnati Public Schools distributes meals to suburbs in the district
- As of January, CPS was distributing 2.5 million meals to children during the pandemic
- Trucks will return every Wednesday in January
As of January, the Cincinnati Public Schools have served more than 2.5 million meals to children in their district who are studying at home.
Starting January 13, CPS expanded that effort and deployed two trucks to further reach children from their downtown hubs.
The first stop on Wednesday was on the outskirts of Colerain parish at the Shadymist Apartments.
A woman who identified herself as Camille was one of the last to pick up meals for her two teenage children for a week.
“It’s hard out here,” she said. “Grocery stamps are still low and they don’t really work with us. We need food.”
Cincinnati Dining Services packed approximately 500 food packages that were distributed for the day. Each included breakfast and lunch for a week.
Deputy Supervisor Justin Frazer has been responsible for meal packaging for several months.
Frazer said this is just an extension of what restaurants do on a regular basis.
“We were able to keep all of our employees running in this distant time,” he said. “It’s a great opportunity for the kids to feel like they are in school by the time they have this lunch.”
CPS has distributed most of its meals at hub locations near downtown Cincinnati, but saw a growing need in the outskirts of the district.
Census data shows that one in five children in Hamilton County lives in poverty and that poverty is increasing in suburban communities.
CPS hopes their efforts can help these children get two nutritious meals a day.
The trucks will revisit these locations on January 20th and 27th.
9 am-9:45pm – Shadymist Apartments, 5890 Shadymist Lane, 45239
10 am-10:45am – Colerain / Bahama Terrace, 5498 Bahama Terrace, 45223
11 am-11:45pm – Hawaiian Terrace, 5126 Hawaiian Terrace, 45223
Noon – 12:45 p.m. – Bethany House, 3924 Yearling Court, 45211
1:00 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. – Aspen Village, 2703 Erlene Drive, 45238
9:00 am – 9:45 am – Findlater Gardens, 595 Strand Lane, 45232
10 am-10:45pm – Silver Oaks, 5670 Winneste Avenue, 45232
11 am-11:45pm – Winton Terrace, 4848 Winneste Avenue, 45232
Noon – 12:45 p.m. – Millvale Apartments, 2269 Millvale Court, 45225
1 p.m.-1.45 p.m. – Stanley Rowe Towers, 835 Poplar Street, 45214